In this article I want to enlarge the thoughts about coffee in different cultures around the world.
This makes interesting topics for discussion and knowledge about how, why and when cultures saw and used coffee.
- The Boston Tea Party resulted in America switching from tea to coffee as an expression of their freedom.
- Beethoven was such an ardent lover of coffee he counted 60 beans for each cup before he would brew the coffee.
- Coffee was declared illegal 3 times! In Mecca in 1511, then Charles II in Europe to quell a rebellion, and the third was Frederick the Great in Germany in 1677, who was worried about a loss of money leaving the country from buying coffee.
- In the 17th century in Italy, there was a debate over whether Catholics should be allowed to drink coffee. Pope Clement VII reluctantly gave his approval to allow Catholics to drink coffee.
- The term “cup of joe” comes from the American soldiers also known as “GI Joes” of WWII, who loved coffee and were big drinkers.
- The Scandinavians countries of Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark are big coffee drinkers. They have coffee for breakfast, dinner and with desserts. This could be in part due to the cold climate. They even believe hiking and coffee go together, called, Turkaffee, is often celebrated while hiking.
- Brazil has been the world’s largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years. There, coffee is “cafezinho”, wherever you go, when you walk into a shop or a home, they ask; “Do you want a Cafezinho?”
- By the mid 1600’s in Europe coffee quickly became the morning beverage of choice, over the usual wine or beer, and coffee houses in London expanded to 300, frequently visited, by famous artists, writers and intellectuals.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.